Lake City Public Library

  • Lake City Public Library Logo A new public library branch at Lake City High School’s was created in partnership between the Coeur d'Alene Public Schools, Coeur d’Alene Public Library Board and the Coeur d’Alene City Council. The library gives residents in the growing northwest section of the city easier access to library materials.

    Library Director Bette Ammon said the project is modeled on similar branch libraries in public school in Missoula, Mont., where she was the library director before coming to Coeur d’Alene.

    The new library extends the hours of the school library, staffed by JD Smithson, Coeur d’Alene Library Reference Clerk. The branch library is open Monday through Thursday 3 pm to 6:30 pm. During the summer, when school is closed, the library is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 am to 1 pm, and Tuesdays and Thuesdays from 1 pm to 5 pm.

    More info can be found on the library website:

Safe Routes to Schools

  • Safe Routes to School Logo Safe Routes to School is a national program sustained by parents, schools, community members and local, state and federal governments that make efforts to improve the health of kids by encouraging students K-8 to walk and bike to school. Projects include improved crossings, sidewalks, etc. as well as education and encouragement programs.

    Coeur d'Alene Public Schools has sucessfully worked with Safe Routes to Schools since 2007 to better walkways and bike paths for students. Program partnerships formed and strengthened include the city, police department, Idaho Department of Transportation, the Coeur d’Alene Pedestrian/Bicycle committee, Panhandle Health District 1, as well as volunteers from each school, the Chamber of Commerce and the North Idaho Centennial Trail Foundation.

    More info can be found here:

Boys & Girls Club

  • Boys and Girls Club Logo A partnership between the Coeur d'Alene School District and Boys and Girls Club of Kootenai County has resulted in a clubhouse on the grounds of Lakes Magnet Middle School, right in an area of a growing need. Boys & Girls Club provides significant services and support for children in our community, and their goal is to provide services and programs to kids where they live - to have neighborhood-based facilities where kids can learn, grow and dream. The partnership is a win for all involved — but especially a win for the children of our community.

    The program serves students at Lakes Magnet Middle School, Sorensen, Borah, Bryan, Fernan, Winton, and across the district. 

    Learn more about programs and activities offered by the Boys & Girls Club of Kootenai County at or by calling (208) 457-9089.

Second Harvest

  • 2nd Harvest Logo The Coeur d'Alene Public Schools and Second Harvest began a partnership in 2010.

    The Coeur d'Alene Backpack Program is a local division of the national Backpack Program created through Feeding America, and Second Harvest supplies food to the nearly 300 students in the Coeur d'Alene school district who benefit from the program. Humphreys said it is typically given to low-income students on Thursday or Friday each week to make sure they get plenty to eat over the weekend.

    Another partnership is our School Food Pantries.  These pantries are open to the public although students and their families are the target. Parents can pick their children up after school and at the same time pick up food items. 

    Learn more about Second Harvert, here:


    School Food Pantries:

    Coeur d'Alene Assembly Church

    Across from Borah Elementary

    2200 N 7th St, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814

    Open on Thursdays from 2:30-4 pm


    Coeur d’Alene High School

    5530 N. 4th Street, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83815

    Open on the third and fourth Fridays of each month

Eat Smart Idaho - University of Idaho Extension

  • Eat Smart Idaho Logo The Eat Smart Idaho program provides nutrition and physical activity education for low-income Idahoans. Partnered with the Coeur d'Alene Public Schools Nutition Services Department, this program helps students learn the basics of:
    • healthy eating
    • smart shopping
    • food safety
    • increased levels of physical activity

    Eat Smart Idaho is supported by two USDA grants: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed), in partnership with the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare and the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service, and EFNEP (Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program), in partnership with the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture.

    Learn more about Eat Smart Idaho, here:

Safe Passage

  • Safe Passage Logo Coeur d'Alene Public Schools has a partnership with Safe Passage (violence prevention center) to provide Healthy Relationships presentations as part of our Health classes (7th and 10th).  We also partner with Safe Passage to implement Green Dot (bystander intervention approach to reduce violence) in our high schools.

    More about Safe Passage here.

  • Opening Books Opening Doors is a community partnership program. Opening Books, Opening Doors is a community commitment to ensure that by 2020 all students in the Coeur d’Alene School District exiting third grade will be successful readers, opening the door to a bright future.

    This initiative is anchored by a $600,000 grant to the University of Idaho to carry out the Coeur d’Alene Early Reading Project in partnership with the Coeur d’Alene School District. In collaboration with a group of five local funders, Opening Books, Opening Doors will coordinate efforts of parents, volunteers, and nonprofit organizations in Coeur d’Alene to achieve a community vision of educational excellence that will benefit all.

    Read more about Opening Books, Opening Doors [pdf]